Not everyone opts for the traditional large family setting for Thanksgiving dinner, as some prefer to go out for the big meal. If you’re planning on skipping all the cooking and dish-cleaning this year and looking for places to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner on the go, we’ve got you covered with a list of Wichita restaurants open on Thanksgiving.
We advise you call ahead and ask about making reservations, as many of these opportunities will likely fill up quickly between now and Thanksgiving.
Admittedly, some of the Thanksgiving buffets stray pretty far from our definition of “cheap.” A few are definitely splurges, but they’ll free up your time and energy for more fun with your family.
Check back on this post; we will continue to update it between now and Thanksgiving as we hear about new options.
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Please note: If new or greater restrictions are put in place for Kansas or Sedgwick County, some events may be canceled. Please use the links we provide in each post to double-check all events before you go.
6S Steakhouse will be open all day on Thanksgiving (from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) with a classic buffet of both traditional Thanksgiving favorites and favorite 6S menu items. Adult buffet is $34 per person, and $15 per child 8 years old and younger. Call (316) 631-6667 or email reservations@6sSteakhouse.com to reserve your spot.
Carrabbas wants to simplify Friendsgiving with Family Bundles and Catering Packages featuring fully prepared meals for Thanksgiving or any other occasion. The catering team can deliver the meal right to your door or you can arrange to pick it up at the restaurant, seven days a week. Family Bundles feed up to five people, include fresh salad and bread, and start at only $34.99. You can choose from lasagna, chicken parmesan, or salmon saporito.
Ceasar’s Table — It’s the Thanksgiving buffet families dream about, a favorite with many residents. The downtown Wichita restaurant is serving from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. but they encourage you to call ahead for reservations (316) 946-5879. Prices will be $18.95 for adults and $7.95 per child. Kids 5 and under eat free.
Country Kitchen in Best Western Wichita North [UPDATE] Country Kitchen has decided not to have a dine-in meal this year for the safety of their customers and staff. However, Country Kitchen is offering The Thanksgiving feast to-go! The meal will consist of a 20-24 lb turkey, stuffing, corn, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, dinner rolls and a whole pumpkin pie. This meal feeds 8-10 and costs $119.99. Order before 5pm on Wednesday the 25th and pick-up between 8 am to 12 pm.
They have a Thanksgiving day feast planned, and is served from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with a yummy price tag: the Gobble Gobble plate is $14.99, the Big Bite Plate is $11.99, and the Little Nibble plate is $8.99. Reservations are highly recommended but not required.
Cracker Barrel – On Thanksgiving Day, Cracker Barrel will serve a special in-store Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to close. This traditional Homestyle Turkey n’ Dressing Meal comes complete with turkey, gravy, a sampling of sugar-cured ham, sweet potato casserole, cranberry relish, choice of a country side, a refillable beverage, buttermilk biscuits or corn muffins, and a slice of pumpkin pie for dessert. This bountiful feast is available for $12.99 ($7.99 for children). Cracker Barrel also has a Heat N’ Serve option we’ve listed in a separate section below.
Denny’s – The famous breakfast chain will be open all day on Thanksgiving. You can enjoy the Turkey and Dressing dinner (includes carved turkey breast, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, two sides, and dinner bread), or you pick from the regular menu options.
Golden Corral As you might expect, their buffet will include everyone’s favorites: carved turkey, fried chicken, rotisserie chicken, ham, meatloaf, and much more. The price will be a little higher on Thanksgiving day than it normally is.
Two Olives will have Thanksgiving brunch! The buffet for the day will lean heavily toward traditional American Thanksgiving favorites but will still include the vegan, vegetarian, and Mediterranean specialties they’re known for. Adult buffets are $25, $15 for kids ages 5-12. Buffet starts at 11 a.m. with the last seating at 2 p.m. Reservations will be limited & required to ensure maximum safety. More info on Facebook.
Livingston’s Diner will have Thanksgiving Dinner available when you reserve a spot. The meal will be your choice of roast turkey and dressing or grilled ham with pineapple and mashed potatoes, green beans, a dinner roll, and pie. They will be open from 11 am to 2 pm for Thanksgiving meals. This meal is also available to-go with reservation. $14.95 per person! Call (316)686-0488 to reserve your spot. For more information.
Bagatelle will be open from 8 am to 2 pm with their regular menu available.
IHOP will be open on Thanksgiving as well.
Buffalo Wild Wings will be open on Thanksgiving. They also have a Thanksgiving Eve wings and fries bundle.
Village Inn will be open from 6 am to 2 pm on Thanksgiving.
Pre Cooked Thanksgiving Dinners
If you were wondering where to find fully cooked Thanksgiving dinners in Wichita to order ahead, we have listed here the ones we know of. Be sure to check when these need to be ordered by!
Carrabba’s in Wichita will have new made-from-scratch Take & Bake dishes for those who want an Italian Thanksgiving feast. Choose from ready-to-bake pasta dishes like their signature Lasagne Bolognese, Penne Carrabba with Chicken, and more. Order ahead by calling Carrabba’s Wichita location.
Hog Wild offers 3 options for your convenience. You can purchase a whole cooked turkey (about 12lbs) for $39.99, a whole cooked boneless ham (approx. 4.5lbs) for $35, or a complete Thanksgiving dinner including all the fixins for $99. For more information.
Golden Corral in Wichita has your Thanksgiving covered. Order a meal that includes your choice of Whole roasted or smoked turkey, holiday spiced ham, or fried chicken (12 or 24 pieces.) This meal also includes, mashed potatoes and gravy, choice of homestyle sides, whole pumpkin or pecan pie, and their famous yeast rolls with honey butter. Price varies. 72-hour notice required; order by November 22 for “Thanksgiving Eve” pickup.
Cracker Barrel is offering a Heat n’ Serve Holiday Family Meal To-Go can be picked up beginning on Saturday, November 21 through Sunday, November 29. The hassle-free holiday meal serves up to 10 and costs around $139. (Price might vary depending on location.) If you’re interested in ordering your own Thanksgiving feast, go to crackerbarrel.com/thanksgiving to see what’s included.
Dillons is a go-to choice for Thanksgiving dinner. Their delicious options include just about every traditional, classic dish you could want. The prices are great too. A Home Chef boneless turkey dinner that serves 4-6 is only $55. And you can order online, so it’s even more convenient than it used to be.
Spears Restaurant & Pie Shop is making Thanksgiving safe and easy with a Thanksgiving Family Feast to Go. The meal includes a slow-roasted turkey, cornbread dressing, homestyle mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, green beans, cranberry relish, fresh tossed salad with Ranch dressing, fresh-baked rolls, and homemade pumpkin pie. Order ahead by calling (316) 943-2783. More info at Spears’ Facebook page here.
Stroud’s offers to go Thanksgiving meals this year! The meal includes Country Ham or Roasted Turkey Entrée with classic Thanksgiving sides. Call Stroud’s at (316) 838-2454 to Pre-Order a Dinner for Two ($54.99) or a Dinner for Four ($99.00.) Pick-up times are 10:30 am through 6 pm on Thanksgiving day. For more information.
Doo-Dah Diner is offering a heat and serve Thanksgiving dinner that feeds two. They offer your choice of Turkey, Ham, or both, and all the fixings! This heat and serve meal costs $30. Orders must be placed online at www.doodahdiner.com by November 22.
The Fusion Restaurant is offering a take and bake Thanksgiving meal this year. The meal includes a whole turkey and all of the classic sides including a pie. The meal feeds 10 people and costs $150. Order by Sunday, November 22. Call (316) 558-5311 to order.
Sprouts Farmers Market will have fully-cooked meals for 6 to 8 people include an all-natural turkey dinner with mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, creamed kale & spinach, home-style gravy, cranberry sauce and Hawaiian dinner rolls, $69.99. There’s also a Boneless Turkey Breast Meal for 2 with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce and rolls for $35.99. Order online at Sprouts website or call 888-5-SPROUT.
Two Olives/Olive Tree Catering is offering a Thanksgiving dinner especially for you! They are offering individually packaged meals including Fall Green Salad, Waldorf Salad, Sliced Roasted Turkey (White & Dark Meat), Baked Sliced Glazed Ham, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Fresh Cranberry Sauce, Bread Stuffing, Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallow, Green Beans Almandine, Fresh Rolls with butter, Pie Sampler. The adult meal is $25 and the child meal is $15. They also have vegan options for adults and children. Orders must be placed by Wednesday November 25 at Noon. Pick up will be available on Thanksgiving from 11 am to 2 pm. For more information and ordering check out their website.
Whole Foods Market in Wichita has whole turkey dinners to go, including a vegan option (serves 2) that is under $40. A classic roast turkey dinner for 4 starts at around $80 and goes up from there. Find out more on the Whole Foods Wichita website.
Do you know of any restaurants open on Thanksgiving day in Wichita that I’ve missed? Please let me know in the comments section below or email me.
Restaurants that were open on Thanksgiving in the past
Dudley’s Irish Pub on West 21st Street will be open and serving Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hyatt Regency – Start a new tradition by enjoying Thanksgiving Day Brunch at the Hyatt Regency Wichita. Seating will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and reservations can be made at (316) 613-6400. The menu will feature breakfast items like assorted danish, muffins, bacon, and sausage. Meanwhile, entrees include everything from oven-roasted chicken breasts, to braised short ribs, to pan-fried catfish (and yes, traditional turkey with gravy, cranberry sauce, chutney, and jelly). Walt’s Restaurant in east Wichita won’t be serving Thanksgiving dinner, but they will be open later on Thanksgiving day. Celebrate with the Walt’s crowd at a Thanksgiving Day party from 5 p.m. until 1:30 a.m.